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90 • Elk Run 2012 Cold Friday Vineyard, Gewurztraminer, Linganore $16.51. Best Buy.
Bright gold with reflections of polished brass. Aromas of lychee, honeycomb, mango, golden pineapple, white roses and jasmine. Floral and spicy flavors of tropical fruits, ginger and acacia. Hedonistic while remaining balanced from Meyer lemon and golden delicious apples. Finish is long and complex maintaining all the flavors and aromas to the end. Could be compared to a Grand Cru Vendage Tardive from Alsace. (tasted on Nov-09-2013)
90 • Dr. Konstantin Frank 2012 Gewürztraminer, Finger Lakes $14.99. Best Buy.
Medium straw yellow. Aromas of lychee, jasmine tea, lemongrass, passion fruit, mango, pineapple and grilled peaches. Touch of ginger on the palate adds a zippiness to the lush tropical fruit. Crisp lemon balances the lush fruit that leads into a medium long and satisfying finish. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
88 • Dr. Konstantin Frank 2011 Reserve, Gewürztraminer, Finger Lakes $19.99.
Golden yellow. Smoky aromas of grilled apples, white peach, grass, lychee, mango and white pepper. Off dry and loaded with tropical fruit, honey and spice. Lush without being lob-sided thanks to a deft touch of grilled lemon acidity. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
88 • Heron Hill Winery 2012 Reserve, Gewürztraminer, New York State $19.99.
Straw yellow. Heady aromas of acacia, lychee, ripe peaches, candied ginger, wool sweater and gardenia's. Floral driven flavors of lilies, yellow flowers and jasmine combine with baked pear, almond, and grilled yellow plum. Almost dry, adding to the fat, weighty palate. A bit over the top, but fun and perfumey in style. Like a weighty Torrontes. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
86 • Knapp 2012 Dry, Gewürztraminer, Cayuga Lake $14.95. Best Buy.
Medium straw yellow. Aromas of apples, dried pear, honeydew, a hint of passion fruit and straw. Off dry with gingered pear, white peach and papaya flavors. Touch of spice and zippy lime zest on the finish. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
86 • Glenora 2012 Gewürztraminer, Finger Lakes $14.99. Best Buy.
Medium straw yellow. Aromas of lychee, mango, papaya and apple pie. Crisp lemon and lime zest frame flavors of mango and lychee. Long finish is soft, earthy and satisfying. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
86 • ForestVille 2012 Gewürztraminer, California $6.99. Best Buy.
Pale straw with light notes of polished brass. Aromas of lychee, pear tart, pineapple and papaya. Semi dry with tropical fruit flavors of pineapple, mango, papaya and lychee. Fruit driven with a touch of honeysuckle and jasmine. (tasted on Nov-09-2013)
86 • Coastal Ridge 2011 Gewurztraminer, California $8.99. Best Buy.
Straw yellow with light notes of white gold. Aromas of peaches, lychee, mango and orange zest. Off dry with flavors of golden pineapple, peach cobbler, apple tart tartin, caramel, pastry dough and papaya. (tasted on Nov-09-2013)
86 • Crane Lake 2012 Gewürztraminer, California $6.99. Best Buy.
Pale straw to bright yellow hue. Aromas of white flowers, pineapple, peaches, lychee and jasmine with a hint of sweet bell pepper. Off dry with floral flavors of rose water and orange blossom along with golden pineapple, peach puree and mango. (tasted on Nov-09-2013)
84 • Tyee 2012 Gewurztraminer, Willamette Valley $19.|Find-a-Wine|
Pale straw with light notes of white gold. Aromas of white pineapple, apples, pear, lemongrass and starfruit. Mango and papaya flavors have notes of honey and ripe melon. Ripe fruit with a faint hint of lychee. Finish is a bit heavy. Could use a bit more crispness to liven it up. (tasted on Nov-09-2013)